5136 – Painters, sculptors and other visual artists | Canada NOC |

5136 – Painters, sculptors and other visual artists

Painters, sculptors and other visual artists create original paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings and other artistic works. They are usually self-employed. This unit group also includes art instructors and teachers, who are usually employed by art schools.


Index of titles

Example titles

  • Animal art painter
  • Animal art sculptor
  • Art instructor
  • Art instructor (except primary, secondary, post-secondary education)
  • Art teacher (except primary, secondary and post-secondary education)
  • Artist
  • Artistic painter
  • Artistic printmaker
  • Charcoal artist
  • Clay modeller
  • Decorations painter – visual arts
  • Etcher – visual arts
  • Ice sculptor
  • Ink sketcher
  • Inuit art sculptor
  • Landscape painter
  • Lithographic artist
  • Maritime art painter
  • Metal sculptor
  • Monument sculptor
  • Mural landscape artist
  • Mural painter
  • Oil painter
  • Painter – visual arts
  • Painting teacher
  • Plastic arts artist
  • Portrait painter
  • Printmaker – visual arts
  • Printmaking teacher
  • Scenery painter
  • Scenic painter – visual arts
  • Sculptor
  • Sculptor-modeller
  • Sculpture teacher (except primary, secondary, post-secondary education)
  • Sculpturing teacher (except primary, secondary, post-secondary education)
  • Silhouette artist
  • Silkscreen artist
  • Video artist
  • Visual arts artist
  • Visual arts teacher (except primary, secondary, post-secondary education)
  • Watercolourist
  • Wood block artist
  • Wood sculptor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Create drawings, paintings and other artwork using oils, pastels, watercolours, charcoal, ink and other media.
  • Create sculptures, statues and other three-dimensional artwork by shaping, carving and working with materials such as clay, ice, paper, stone, wood or metal.
Art instructors and teachers
  • Teach students the techniques and methods of drawing, painting, sculpting and other forms of artistic expression.

Employment requirements

  • Creative ability and talent, as demonstrated by a portfolio of work, and knowledge of the safe use of materials, tools and equipment are required. Art programs are offered at universities, colleges and private art schools.
  • A college diploma in fine arts techniques may be required.
  • Art instructors and teachers may be required to have a university degree or college diploma in a field related to art.


  • Artisans and craftspersons (5244)
  • Graphic designers and illustrators (5241)
  • Fine arts professor – university (in 4011 University professors and lecturers)
  • Fine arts teacher – college level (in 4021 College and other vocational instructors)
  • Art teachers – secondary school (in 4031 Secondary school teachers)
  • Art teachers – elementary school (in 4032 Elementary school and kindergarten teachers)